Instead of a granite countertop, make use of a granite overlay. It provides the same level of gloss and functionality, minus the staggering expenses. With lots of companies that make polymer or granite shell that can be fitted on the existing work bench, taking advantage of this five star kitchen styling idea is relatively easy.
Vinyl backsplash! This is so cheap and looks so good! You can buy the vinyl on etsy. I would put a piece of clear acrylic over it though, for protection and easy cleaning. Love this! Way cheaper (and easier... and less messy...) than tile if you are doing a DIY kitchen remodel.
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